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Vladimir Nabokov Quotes

Novelist
Born On
1899-04-22
Died On
1977-07-02
Birth Place
Saint Petersburg
Death Place
Montreux
Birth Sign
taurus
Father
Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov
Mother
Elena Ivanovna Rukavishnikov
Spouse
Vera Nabokov
Nationality
Russian
Education
BA French and Russian Literature, Trinity College, Cambridge University (1922)
Writers, Novelists

Discussion in class, which means letting twenty young blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something that neither their teacher nor they know.

Vladimir Nabokov

A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.

Vladimir Nabokov

Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.

Vladimir Nabokov

I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.

Vladimir Nabokov

Imagination, the supreme delight of the immortal and the immature, should be limited. In order to enjoy life, we should not enjoy it too much.

Vladimir Nabokov

A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.

Vladimir Nabokov

It's a pity one can't imagine what one can't compare to anything. Genius is an African who dreams up snow.

Vladimir Nabokov

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.

Vladimir Nabokov

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.

Vladimir Nabokov

I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.

Vladimir Nabokov

Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.

Vladimir Nabokov

Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.

Vladimir Nabokov

Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution.

Vladimir Nabokov

The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.

Vladimir Nabokov

Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.

Vladimir Nabokov

No author has created with less emphasis such pathetic characters as Chekhov has.

Vladimir Nabokov